International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation

What's ITC all about?

Rising to the challenge

One of mankind's greatest challenges is to achieve an appropriate balance between developing natural resources and maintaining an optimal natural environment. To meet this challenge, we need detailed and reliable geo-information and geo-information management tools.

At the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), knowledge of geo-information management is plenty available and is continually being developed and extended. By means of education, research and project services, we contribute to capacity building in countries that are economically and/or technologically less advanced. In doing so, considerable attention is paid to the development and application of geographical information systems (GIS) for solving problems. Such problems can range from determining the risks of landslides, mapping forest fires, planning urban infrastructure, and implementing land administration systems, to designing a good wildlife management system or detecting environmental pollution.

The key words characterising our activities are geo-information management, worldwide and innovative. We concentrate on earth observation, the generation of spatial information, and the development of data integration methods. Furthermore, we provide tools that can support the processes of planning and decision making for sustainable development and the alleviation of poverty in emerging economies. Based in Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands, ITC is the largest institute for international higher education in the country.

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